Second chances are rare. But what a difference a second chance can make, especially in brewing.
The first attempt at starting a brewery is replete with mistakes, naiveté, simple, misguided notions about what it means to make beer and run a business from it. The learning curve is as steep, and many fall by the wayside, or soon might.
But for a few people, like Jason Spaulding, having a chance to take a second run at it brings an immense amount of satisfaction. The second time around, the concept is more concise, the education and knowledge is deep, and knowing what you don't want to do is just as as important. Jason Spaulding and his wife and business partner, Kris, have taken on that challenge in Grand Rapids Michigan with Brewery Vivant. Constraint, discipline, and focus are in this pair’s DNA, and that’s helped them carve out a space in Michigan Brewing unlike anyone else.